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Published: Monday, September 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Parking


Just be grateful for your health

The solution to the abuse of disabled parking is very simple. The card should be assigned to the disabled person -- not the car. Doctors do not issue the permits to all who ask. Careful thinking and evaluation of a person goes into the process.
These so-called, self-appointed "cops" will rue their actions of today, providing high blood pressure doesn't cut their life short before old age sets in. Regardless of what car the disabled person is in -- a high-priced car or a jalopy, the person is still disabled. A handicap person should never be left alone in public even for a moment. They are a ready target for those who might harm them and their own physical condition may compromise their safety.
One of many flaws in the design of the new mini vans the Paratransit recently purchased is that the driver cannot enter on the passenger side. The driver must leave the handicapped passengers and walk around the outside of the bus to get to the driver's side, thus losing contact with the passengers. It only takes a second for a problem to occur.
If these "cops" need to patrol the parking places they should focus on the loading and unloading zone. I saw a couple drive up and park in the loading zone. The passenger got out of the car and went into the store. he man did not move away but stayed there until the passenger came back -- 25 minutes later. We should thank the disabled driver who knew when to turn in the car keys let others do the driving. Our roads are safer when they are not driving. All of you who feel that the disabled do not need this special care should get down on their knees and give thanks that a permit is not hanging in from the rear mirror.
Clarice Umperovitch
Everett
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